The reading community has been blessed with a number of amazing debut novels in the past few years. I can think of 10 debut novels that I’ve read in the past couple years that I really loved. But this post is not about those past debut novels. What I’m about to share are five 2020 debut novels that I want to read soon.
This post is my take for this week’s Top 5 Saturday hosted by Amanda at Devouring Books. She’s the one who comes up with these amazing topics every Saturday. For this week, it’s “Books by Debut Authors.” I decided to share debut books that are already on my TBR.
Shall we start?
1.) Where Dreams Descend by Janella Angeles
PUBLICATION: August 25th 2020 by Wednesday Books
Where Dreams Descend reminds me of Night Circus , Moulin Rouge and even Six of Crows and Gilded Wolves because of its diverse characters. There are only three main characters based on the blurb but whatever. 🙂 It is written by a Filipina-American author and I must admit, that’s what made me request a copy from Netgalley. I was declined BUT the book gods are still smiling at me because the marketing team for this book invited me to join their blog tour. Of course, I jumped at the chance. Initially, this is supposed to be released next month but due to what’s happening around the world, it’s rescheduled for August. I already have a copy so I don’t mind. Hehe.
2.) The Silence of Bones by June Hur
PUBLICATION: April 21st 2020 by Feiwel & Friends
I have a mouth, but I mustn’t speak;
Ears, but I mustn’t hear;
Eyes, but I mustn’t see.
With this verse in the blurb, I am intrigued. The Silence of Bones is set in 1800, Joseon (Korea) and features Seol. Seol is tasked to help the police bureau solve a murder case. And in the process, she gets close to the Inspector but then he becomes the prime suspect. Worse, Seol might be the only one capable of discovering what really happened. The concept actually reminds me of Historical Kdramas and since I’m a fan of them, I really hope I enjoy reading this one.
3.) All Your Twisted Secrets by Diana Urban
PUBLICATION: March 17th 2020 by HarperTeen
What do the queen bee, star athlete, valedictorian, stoner, loner, and music geek all have in common?
These six teens were all invited to a scholarship dinner, only to discover it’s a trap. And they have one hour to choose who to kill or everyone dies. This is intense and I like the concept. It also reminds me of One of Us is Lying (another amazing debut few years ago) YA Contemporary is not really my favorite but the mystery aspect of this book intrigues me so much. I know I’ll be guessing who’s who while reading the book. That makes me so excited to dive into it.
4.) If these Wings Could Fly by Kyrie McCauley
PUBLICATION: March 3rd 2020 by Katherine Tegen Books
I requested this from Netgalley but was declined. What intrigues me about this one is the mention of the crows. I don’t really understand what the crows’ part in the story is but I love everything crows. Goodreads shows that this book is Young Adult slash Contemporary slash Romance slash Fantasy slash magical realism. It covers too many genres, I just hope the plot won’t be all over the place. But it’s rated high on Goodreads so I’m hopeful. I also know it covers a difficult issue because the main character has an abusive father. Something like that…
5.) The Loop by Ben Oliver
PUBLICATION: April 7th 2020
In this book, the Loop is a futuristic death row for teens under 18 and the blurb also says it’s one long repetitive purgatory – whatever that means for the characters in the book. The story centers on Luka, who has been in the Loop for 2 years and is now 16. Basically, there’s some kind of system that lets the inmates push their executions. But that’s not the only challenge for Luka because there are rumors of war in the outside world. And then all hell breaks loose…I realize I’ve been reading dystopian novels in the past couple of months and I love most of them. So I decided to add this one on my TBR. I’m really intrigued by the concept of a prison for teens ages below 18. I mean, Luka must have been 14 when he entered the Loop. That’s too young. I think I’m going to read this before the month ends.
There you have it Blisses. I’m really excited to read all these books. Hopefully none of them disappoints me.
Have you read these book? Or planning to? What do you think of them? Let’s chat.
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